Holidays to Costa Dorada get you desert island-style beaches, tasty food and great music – all plonked between upscale Playa Dorada and the lively city of Puerto Plata.
The Amber Coast
Resort-wise, Costa Dorada is an upmarket customer. It’s bagged an exclusive stretch of the Dominican Republic’s Amber Coast that’s all coconut trees and white sand. On the one side, you’ve got swanky Playa Dorada, with its casinos, clubs and restaurants. On the other, you get the sizzling jerk chicken and bustling markets of Puerto Plata. And in the background, dramatic Mount Isabel chips in to finish off the desert-island scenery.
Blue Flag beach
You've got two kilometres of pristine white sand and turquoise-green sea to play with here. Instead of a prom, you’ve got a line-up of palm trees. There’s plenty of thatched parasols and loungers, and a few wooden kiosks to sort you out for ice-cream. On the watersports front, snorkelling is a biggie – look out for sparkly angel fish, barracuda and grouper.
In striking distance from the resort, you’ve got lots of attractions. There’s a riding stable and an 18-hole golf course. Plus, you'll find a cinema just 10 minutes away in Playa Dorada. The Caribbean’s biggest go-karting track is within a five minute drive, too.
Daytrips to Puerto Plata
The big city bustle is just 10 minutes from the resort in Puerta Plata. Here, you’ve got an amber museum and a 16th-century fort to nosey round. You can also take a cable car up Mount Isabel. At the top, there’s a huge statue of Christ, like the one in Rio, and some botanical gardens. After all that, head down to El Malecon, the seafront prom, for jerk places and buzzy bars.
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